Review: Auberge du Pommier, 4150 Yonge St., Toronto.
I had lunch recently on the patio of Auberge du Pommier, one of the Oliver & Bonachinni restaurants. If you don’t know it, it is in a French style building in north Toronto on Yonge St just north of York Mills Rd.
The food standard here is high 0 I often come in the winter to enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace. Today I enjoyed the nice weather by eating outside on the patio.
I started with a bowl of gazpacho soup - a nice cold summer soup. Auberge did a great job of this with the unusual addition of melon which gave it a sweet tinge I rather liked. Their version was not the usual red colour. I really liked it and asked for the recipe so I can make it at home.
My second course was he steal tartare - hand cut raw beef with garnish of white anchovy, raw egg and pickle. The balance was just right. My friend Tracy was recently at La Societe on Bloor St and found their steak tartare to have a bit too many pickles mixed in with it. I haven’t had that issue here at Auberge.
My main course - a risotto with shrimp, broccoli, Parmigiano Reggiano, and green beans. This was amazing. One of the best risottos I have had ever. So satisfying and a perfect-sized portion too.
Dessert was a Chocolat Napoleon.Chocolate and hazelnut wafers, caramel cream, dark chocolate croquette, and chocolate gelato. OK, this was decadent. The chocolate croquette was the best part - the finest grade warm molten chocolate in a fried crisp shell that dissolved in my mouth after I took a bite.
I don’t usually order chocolate desserts, but this was good. It reminded me of the time I was having dinner with Emma at the Studio Cafe in the old Four Seasons hotel (before the new Four Seasons hotel opened) in 2011 and they waiter brought us the chocolate dessert from the menu that I said was like chocolate pudding and Emma corrected me and said it was much better than chocolate pudding and reminded her of a dessert her older sister used to make at home when they were growing up. This is the first chocolate dessert I’ve had since that night at the Four Seasons that was of comparable quality. Bravo Auberge du Pommier.
So, this was an amazing lunch and I can happily give Auberge du Pommier Four Stars. The atmosphere, food and service were all top of their class in Toronto. For people like me who live north of Toronto, Auberge du Pommier allows one to have fine quality dining without having to drive downtown.